The Brothers Reed

Aurora Borealis Presents: The Brothers Reed

Doors: 4pm

Show: 6-9pm


Cover: $8 pre-sale/$10 at the door


With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained. Touring as a trio, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion, and upright bass into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original. Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft. Find tour dates, music, merchandise, and videos, at

Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until five years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.
Through an exhaustive tour schedule that includes nearly 300 shows per year, the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and tour extensively throughout the U.S. With three studio albums released (Sick As Folk, 2015; Monster In My Head, 2016; Three, 2018) a full band live release (Live at the Buckhunters Ball: Callahan, CA, 2017), and the latest “Caught in a Dream” 2019, The Bros show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Portage Bay Big Band: Brian Setzer cover band ft. Lyle Ronglien

Aurora Borealis Presents: Portage Bay Big Band!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 6-8pm

Cover: $10.00

All Ages!


The Portage Bay Big Band is an authentic musical tribute to the legends of the Swing Era, as well as a Rocking Brian Setzer tribute band featuring guitar and vocal great, Lyle Ronglien.

“Playin’ the hits of the 30’s and 40’s”: The Portage Bay Big Band, led by Todd Nordling, is an 18-piece big band playing hits from Popular Big Band, Swing, and Jazz Musicians like Glen Miller, Louis Prima, Dean Martin, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Jordan, Benny Goodman,

Les Brown, Harry James and Franks Sinatra.

Hannah Scott, PBBB’s featured singer, performs songs from the swing era by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, June Christy, Helen Forrest, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Natalie Cole and Diane Schuur.

PBBB masters the intricate details of some of the most famous hits of yesteryear and keeps crowds of dancers and spectators entertained with rich vocals, musicianship and performance.

With the addition of Lyle Ronglien, “Lyle Seltzer”, the band transforms into a BRIAN SETZER tribute band with the vocal and virtuoso guitar work of Lyle. Lyle’s guitar work and vocal duets with Hannah provide   spectators and dancers an engaging and lively experience.


Lyle Seltzer and the PBBB:

Songs include:

Jump Jive and Wail, Rock this Town, Dirty Boogie, Sway, Stray Cat Strut, Caravan and Sleepwalk.


  • 2019, PBBB recorded the soundtrack to the Lake Shasta Dam “California’s Empire Builder” tourist center movie.
  • The house band since 2006 for local restaurateur Tom Douglas’ Swinging in the New Year at the Palace Ballroom.
  • Two years as the house band for Drift On Inn Casino. The Drift On Inn was a true roadhouse cafe established in 1930, and once played host to Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope.
  • Dances at the famous Avalon Ballroom.
  • Showbox Theater Swinging Valentine’s Day Dance.
  • Three years as the house band for the legendary Patty Summers’ Night Club.
  • The official band for the 1930’s Kalakala ship when it was welcomed back to Seattle from Alaska, and the New Year Millennium dance on the ship in 2000.

Critical Mass Big Band!

Aurora Borealis presents: Critical Mass Big Band!

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5-8pm

Cover: $10.00

All Ages



The Critical Mass Big Band began as an offshoot of the Woodinville Community Band in the summer of 2001. We are proud to be entering our 20th year as one of the premiere jazz orchestras in the Northwest.

Initially, the band members rehearsed simply for the enjoyment of playing primarily swing and dance music. Once the members decided to secure gigs, the band needed a name and the band became “The Tsunami Big Band”. When the devastating tsunami hit Asia in 2005, that name seemed inappropriate and the name was soon changed to the “Critical Mass Big Band.” Although the Japanese power plant nuclear meltdown gave the term “critical mass” a negative connotation, we resisted the temptation to change the name again!

Trombonist Doug Whiteside was the band’s first music director and led the band through its early years, including its very first gig at the Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church. The members later realized that they needed a director with more formal musical training , so the band’s bassist, Paul Nelson, stepped into the role. When he left the band, Les Norton and Barry Smith directed the band.

In about 2005, Keith McClelland, a very experienced arranger, director and pianist, became the director and rehearsed the band weekly. During the period of 2004-2005, the band made a musical transition from community swing band to a straight-ahead jazz orchestra, and the level of musicianship rose considerably. Many new and challenging charts — and Keith’s knowledge and experience — raised the band to new heights.

Keith initially planned to lead the band for only a short time, but stayed around for years. The band was later directed by Barry Smith, Barry Roberts, and Jeff Ray.

The band rehearsed for years at the First Lutheran Church in Bothell. In recent years, the band has rehearsed every Monday night at the First Presbyterian Church in Bellevue.

Critical Mass has progressed from a modest community band to a group of very talented musicians who enjoy playing music from the entire spectrum of big band music. We have played in many jazz venues, including Tula’s, the North City Jazz Walk, school concerts, and private parties. We regularly invite local jazz headliners to join us as featured soloists, including Greta Matassa, Danny Quintero, Pete Christlieb, Bill Ramsay, Susan Pascal and Gordon Brown.

The band’s 20-year history has seen a remarkable evolution from a modest band playing just to entertain ourselves, to a popular and talented group of musicians who are proud to deliver polished big band performances in any venue.

Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Aurora Borealis Presents: Emerald City Jazz Orchestra

Doors: 4pm

Show: 5pm-8pm

Cover: $8.00

All Ages!


The Emerald City Jazz Orchestra has made its mark as one of the premier jazz ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. With brilliant soloists and sparkling original charts, the ECJO represents the best in contemporary big band performance.  Performing in the Northwest for over 25 years, the ECJO continues to bring its exciting big band jazz to audiences.  The ECJO has released 2 CD’s – Alive and Swingin’ and Come Rain or Come Shine and plans to record a third in the future.   A majority of the music performed by the band was written specifically for the band and the featured soloists.

Eléré Latin Jazz!!

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Eléré is a new Latin group on the Seattle music scene. Led by percussionist and San Diego native Daniel Mendoza, joining with some of Seattle’s best musicians of various backgrounds and experience, they are offering a unique set of salsa and Latin jazz classics sure to ignite your heart’s fire, make your feet move and your body groove. Keep an eye out for this group as they continue to establish themselves as one of the newfound pillars of Seattle’s vast Latin music scene. Come warm up with their fiery salsa during these cold winter months!